A Gothic garden can be a mix of ghosts, vampires, zombies and haunted houses growing with creepy plants in a terrarium, window box or something more creative.
Why are stores choosing pets over human customers? As an asthmatic person, allergic to animals, I don't understand the new pet friendly rules in retail outlets.
For most large sized people the average office chair is not enough. A large person (big and tall) needs a better made chair, sturdier and with consideration for ergonomics.
Just because you prefer life as a loner doesn't mean you can't have some friends and enjoy being with other people, on your own terms and at your own pace. You might even find you like being social.
Mature is not an age, it's all an attitude. Mature is about being self confident, capable, tolerant and having common sense.
Wreck Chasers is a name you can give to the people who like to find abandoned and derelict planes, trains, cars, ships and other transportation vehicles. A branch of urban exploration.
Your personal website can be anything: a blog, an online journal, a photo blog, a podcast, a wiki community, a microblog, or your own hand-made HTML site.
The showmanship of oddities, mutation natural adaptation and displays of curiosity through use of taxidermy with animals. A creepy and odd hobby to some. Dark humour to others. Then there are those who just like to collect them and put them on display.
The Mantracker TV series is a rough and tumble, rustic game of cat and mouse. Two people are left in the wilderness to find the finish before the Mantracker catches them.
The Red Green Show started by comedian Steve Smith with a shoestring-budget, on public television. It was the story of a bunch of men, Canadian misfits centred around the Possum Lodge. Red Green, his nephew Harold, and the guys enjoyed doing what men do when women aren't around.
Not everyone celebrates Valentine's Day. But, some people find the whole Valentine thing frightening, creepy and spooky too. Some people don't like Valentine's Day because it's scary.
The Survivorman series is based on stranding Les Stroud in a remote region of the world without food, water and little more than a pocket knife. His crew drops him off and leaves him alone to face the elements, find food, water and create shelter however he can.
You don't have to spend your entire pay cheque to buy jewellery. You do need to know some basics about your Valentine: her (or his) style, her ring size and if she actually wears jewellery, for instance.
There is a science to house flipping. You must consider the cost of the original house price, factor in the money you will be putting into it and then the amount you will actually hope to get for the resale. If the math doesn't work out in your favour, don't buy the house.
The easiest thing about doll collecting is to decide which dolls to collect. You just collect the dolls you want to keep. The dolls which have personal appeal to you.
Street art dioramas could be right under your foot and you might not notice. They are tiny, miniature people posed in the great, big, real world. Some are tiny people, some are model trains and some are buildings. All are varied ideas on the same theme of taking miniature art into the street, the...
Cabin fever is an old phrase for people/ pioneers or settlers who would be trapped in their cabins during the winter months. They would become depressed, restless and irritable. Some did go crazy.
You might want to be a secret admirer because you like someone or you might do it to perk up someone who has been alone awhile or feels left out.
Why do we have a fascination with the end of the world, or at least the end of our own civilization?
Make a poinsettia from paper, felt, yarn or anything else you can work with to create your own poinsettia Christmas pin.
Cemeteries and graveyards are only as creepy as you make them. In fact, they are well landscaped with history and greenery. They are quiet places - great for bird watching, writing, solitude and picnics.
The main problem with a long distance relationship is how alone it makes you feel, especially at a time of year when you see so many other happy, loving and together couples. Christmas, Valentines Day are the hardest holidays on people in long distance relationships.
A crochet purse can be very practical and very romantic at the same time. Here are patterns and ideas if you want to try making your own crochet purse. Some are purses which you can buy too.
A denim purse has great looks, great style and does great when it comes to wear and tear. Wouldn't you like a denim purse, backpack, book bag, or some other denim purse sort of thing for yourself?
Wish you could be a fashion designer? Dream of being a costume designer? You can become an art doll maker and be a fashion and costume designer, in smaller sizes.
Life coaches help you achieve goals and get past whatever is keeping you from taking action to reach your goals A life coach can help you focus on what really is important to you. A life coach doesn't focus on solving issues from your past but on taking action in the here and now.
Each time I read a title claiming to have a cure or remedy for menopause I laugh. There is no cure. Menopause is not something to be healed, it's a cycle of life for women. It's something that happens like birth, death and taxes. But, it doesn't have to be miserable.
Have you ever made a hand drawn map, simply a way to show someone how to get from here to there? There's something special about a real hand drawn map. It's the closest we get to feeling like an old fashioned, early explorer - before GPS.
No map is made perfectly. You just can't turn something round and bumpy into something flat and smooth. But, you can make your own imperfect, old fashioned maps.
Get away from the usual distractions, the every day stress and take a road trip with the one you love. Bring romance back into your relationship with some time alone, some snacks, a road map and a vehicle for two.
I really enjoy a day trip. Just the day away. Day trips can be impulsive or planned in advance. Either way, you don't need to bring a lot with you or plan your life around the one day you're taking off.
November 25th this year (2012) will be the 100th year anniversary of the Grey Cup and the Canadian Football League (CFL).
I didn't grow up in Barrie but I've lived here more than five years. I like Barrie, it's a small city north of the bigger city, Toronto, Ontario. But, Barrie has everything you need right here: art, culture, shopping, night-life, outdoor and indoor activities.
Did you suddenly feel the need to gnaw on a poinsettia? Unusual but the odd pet or child will give the poinsettia plant a nibble. Luckily, the urban legend is untrue. Poinsettias are not a poisonous plant.
West Rouge is a neighbourhood located in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in the city suburbs of Scarborough. The area was once known as the town of Port Union.
When did you first see and hear a music box play? I think the first I ever saw was one which had a golden Christmas angel who played 'Silent Night'. My favourite music box was not really a music box, it was Truly Scrumptious on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
I'm very happy with Ubuntu. If you want to save yourself from buying Windows, trying to avoid catching viruses online and find yourself able to work faster (well, your computer will be faster) switch to Ubuntu Linux.
You can be alone and like it, even be happy to be alone. It's not about what you don't have but about liking what you do have and spending your time well.
Polishing silver is easier than you might thing. You don't need to buy silver polish or rub and rub and rub. Baking soda, boiling water and aluminium foil will get the job done.
My Grandmother pressed the flowers she was given in the pages of her diary. I've always been fond of vintage romantic notions like this. So, I have to be careful when picking up my own old diaries/ journals lest the old pressed blooms slip out from the hand-written pages.
There are going to be times in your life when you want to make coffee but you don't have a coffee maker. I've had this happen when I'm travelling or moving to a new home. A few times I've had to use my own ingenuity to brew coffee in my own unique way.
Did you ever get a charm bracelet? So nice to have something special, a cultural tradition which also preserves memories from your life and the events in it. Plus, it's shiny and pretty too.
Why wear a mood ring? Why not. Mood rings can be a mystery, a mood indicator, vintage fashion, or just colourful and a conversation starter. Mood rings were created in the 1970's, they use chemicals and temperature changes to indicate the mood of the ring wearer.
Dragons are mystical, mythical, monsters... or are they? How do you play a dragon in a role play game (RPG)? Is your dragon a great gamer or on the sidelines? Have you ever designed your own dragon?
I grew up in the GTA, before it was known as the Greater Toronto Area. The GTA is a large area around the city of Toronto which has become included with the city, although the area is outside the city limits.
I've been living in Barrie, Ontario for less than 10 years but I'm fond of the city to the north of the big city, Toronto. I'm always interested in history. Finding out more about Barrie's past is all part of volunteering for the Barrie Historical Society.
I'm a long time fan of the Russian Matryoshka nesting doll. The Russian doll sets appeal to me as something feminine, historical and cultural. They're pretty too. I've found all sorts of doll sets in various themes and mediums - not just the standard wooden doll any more.
Crazy quilting is another way of creating patchwork quilts. Crazy quilts don't use a pattern (traditionally). They are the ultimate in scrap quilting. Crazy quilts are often heavily embellished too. Some use ribbon embroidery.
Do you get stuck with nothing new to write when you sign all those holiday cards you want to send out? I've got some ideas to help you get your Christmas cards signed, sealed and delivered.
Pinterest can be a lot of fun, a good way to share ideas (especially about art, crafts and style). By far, Pinterest is mostly women. Join in and start sharing and getting your own fresh ideas. New posts frequently.
It doesn't take much to have piles of stuff around. The trick is to keep it controlled. Moderate how much you buy, put your things away when you are done with them and don't keep more stuff than you need around you.
Imagine the typewriter, lonely, feeling obsolete and forgotten... what ideas can you think up to reuse an old writing machine?
Making cookies is a great thing to do around the holidays. But, you can make any kind of cookie you want to design all year round. With the right cookie cutter, some icing and a little know-how you can become a creative cookie designer.
Love is... a treasure you give away for free. Both of these Love is... based cartoons are created by someone in love who later married the one they love. One couple ended sadly. The other are still young, still in love and still newly married. Read them to remember what love is about and how nice...
I bought myself pot holders from the department store. I loved the colours, that's why I picked them. But, the colours faded after a couple of washings. Disappointing. It would be smarter to just make my own I decided.
What kind of flowers do you bring to the cemetery? Which will last, what colours are 'right' and which flowers will the cemetery groundskeepers accept or not accept?
There is something special about getting away. First you have that flash of horror at being adrift in a new place. But, once you get over that the adventure starts. It's only when you travel that you can really be free, reinvent yourself, try something new and waste a day doing nothing, guilt free.
I taught myself to crochet granny squares. I made lots of them. I used a lot of coloured yarn but then I stopped. I never did start doing anything with them all. I've still got some of them around. So this is my quest to get back to crocheting and to make something with the granny squares I already...
Crochet flowers can look delicate and lacy or striking and bold. Use your crocheted flowers to decorate other projects like sweaters, teapot cozies or purses.
A traditional wake was meant to celebrate the life of the newly deceased. A living wake should be the same. Bring everyone together to remember and to celebrate while the guest of honour is still able to partake, enjoy and share memories too.
It's great to 'be there' for a friend. But, what does it mean and how do you do it?
I collect bone china bouquets. They are delicate, fragile and romantic.
Paper flowers are more than rolled up newspaper or cut up bits of paper stuck together. There is a trick to getting the right look and shape to form flowers. But, you can use a variety of paper from tissue paper, crepe paper, newspapers to toilet paper even.
I often see yards and yards of ribbon at the thrift store. Someone needs to find a use for all of that ribbon. Flowers would be a great way to repurpose ribbon. There are so many varieties of ribbon flowers too. Have a look at ribbon embroidery too.
Ribbon embroidery is mostly about flowers. Now all of it though. It's usually very feminine looking but I've seen some ribbon embroidery used in creative, unusual ways too.
There is something about buttons. People create all kinds of interesting things with buttons. I knew there would be a lot of button flower ideas. What a great way to make yourself a colourful, simple and cheap bouquet!
There are a lot of different fabrics which can be used to create flowers. Fabric flowers are good for people who can't have real flowers around for some reason, like allergies.
Once upon a time brooch bouquets were a wedding thing. Not any more. Make your own brooch bouquet from any jewellery for any occasion.
My Dad used to get red marks on the sides of his nose from his reading glasses. I never had that problem until recently. It was very sore. I wanted to know why I suddenly had this problem, what it was and how to fix it.
Coffee cozies and sleeves will give you a greener option to the disposable coffee cup wraps that keep you from burning your hand on a hot mug and keep your coffee from cooling off too quickly.
Pixels are everywhere in web graphics, digital art and digital photography. But, pixel art breaks it down to the level of creating with the pixel on a by one one basis. You can make anything with pixel art, if you have enough patience. Start small!
From my experience after my Dad died I found many people did not know how to express sympathy or condolences. It's actually not as complicated as they were making it. The best condolences were honest and simple words.
Have you ever made a cake around a doll? Of course, it doesn't work quite that way. But, if you feel like being creative next time you're making a cake give the doll cake a try.
Toilet roll cosies can come in different shapes and forms but I've always liked the pretty doll who covers the toilet tissue roll with her wide skirt.
What happens when the athletes, coaches and tourists have left the Olympic villages and sites? Some are sadly abandoned and derelict.
How I stopped feeling like a wounded wreck and got on with my life again after my divorce.
How to be a new, modern spinster and enjoy your own company while being happy living alone.
Celebrate Anti-Valentine's Day when you're single and alone, lonely or just missing someone that you used to know.
I was a candystriper/ candy striper twenty years or so ago. I'm glad I volunteered. Have you wondered what candystripers do?
Buying a camera bag is simple enough. But, there are important things to consider for protecting your camera and making sure the bag stores it well.
I was a girl Dungeon Master in the early 80's. I loved playing D&D and never knew women players were anything out of the ordinary. Now, I don't think women playing Dungeons and Dragons is surprising. Grrls are geeks too.
From beginning in Africa with luxurious safari camping, glamping has become all about the girls enjoying the great outdoors with vintage campers, make up and high heels.
I've been using Flickr for years. It's simple and makes it easy to share your photos and get feedback from other people who share your interests.
I didn't like my Dad and he didn't want me. I think of him on Father's Day but I don't feel bad now that he's gone. I wrote this post for other people who won't be thinking all happy thoughts on Father's Day.
Big eye girls are vintage art. Started in the late 1950's by Margaret Keane, there are modern artists who continue the big eye art tradition.
I have too many books. I know I have too many books but I still keep bringing more of them home. Like lost souls.
It's getting harder to find time and energy to connect with other women these days. We have our own lives, our own projects and still have to get laundry done, pay the bills and find ourselves taking the odd nap. But, there is a real need for women to connect. I think, it's part of who we are and...
The old drive-in movie theatres are becoming rare. The new outdoor movies are mobile movies (mobmov), guerilla drive-ins and backyard cinemas.
You have a birthday once a year, every year. Don't be in denial. Be proud; celebrate yourself. Age really is just a number; it's all about how you FEEL. Choose to feel good.
People feel intimidated by Linux but it's been a liberating experience for me. I love it for being simple to use and dependable. I don't miss MS Windows, even after one year of Ubuntu (no Windows on my computer at all).
Carmageddon is a video game which you can win by racing, demolition or road rage carnage. It's not for kids. Adults should see it as dark humour and don't take the digital mayhem too seriously.
Postcards are a lost art I've read. I don't think so. They are actually one thing still worth sending through snail mail. I've collected a lot of postcards but I don't really want to keep them all now. It's a shame to just put them out to be recycled along with all the other paper.
After a divorce you need to take time to rebuild yourself and, if you choose, you can rebuild your relationship with your ex-husband or ex-wife too. It's about deciding what your priorities are and acting upon them. Keeping bitter feelings, having vengeance, etc. are not important enough to me...
I started photographing dolls as if they were living, little people because it was fun to pose them as if they were living in the real world of big people. It's also fun to that a bit further and pose the dolls as if they are in some kind of danger or peril.
It's hard to find a good, big, handsome man.